Presented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Free (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity).
Venue: Leverett House Theatre (between Plympton and DeWolfe streets) Entrance on Mill Street (map)
A “player’s player,” Cables will discuss his career during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. “Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists,” Victor L. Schermer has written in All About Jazz. “Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist.”
Mr. Cables' residency is supported by the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Fund.
Related Event: He is also the guest artist for a concert featuring the Harvard Jazz Bands on Saturday, November 14 at Lowell Hall.
Equally skilled as a leader or as a sideman, George Cables helped to define modern mainstream jazz piano in the 1980s and '90s. When he was 18 and at Mannes College, he formed the Jazz Samaritans with Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham. Cables gained recognition during his stints with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins (both in 1969), Joe Henderson (1969-1971), and Freddie Hubbard (1971-1976). He was with Dexter Gordon (1976-1978) during the tenor's successful return to the United States, and became known as Art Pepper's favorite pianist (1979-1982). In addition to his occasional work with Bebop and Beyond (starting in 1984), Cables appeared in a countless number of situations through the years, and has recorded frequently as a leader, most notably for the labels Contemporary (including the 1979 classic Cables Vision), Concord, and SteepleChase.
Cables is also the guest artist for a concert featuring the Harvard Jazz Bands on Saturday, November 14 at Lowell Hall. Tickets $10; students and seniors, $8; available through the Harvard Box Office, 617.496.2222, or online.